ETHS 499

Ethnic Studies Capstone

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 1, 1998 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course is designed to engage ethnic studies majors in a final integrative experience in weekly seminars. Students explore major issues surrounding race, ethnicity and culture while completing a senior research project.

Special information

Note: Enrollment restricted to declared ETHS majors only.

Learning outcomes


  • Comparatively examine the historical, political, social and cultural implications of structural inequalities in the United States.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of Ethnic Studies concepts, methodology and application.
  • Exhibit a solid grasp of conceptual and theoretical schemata within the inter-disciplinary approaches pertinent to Ethnic Studies.
  • Recognize and discuss various methodological approaches within Ethnic Studies.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 7: Human Diversity

  • Understand the development of and the changing meanings of group identities in the United States' history and culture.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.
  • Analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.
  • Describe and discuss the experience and contributions (political, social, economic, etc.) of the many groups that shape American society and culture, in particular those groups that have suffered discrimination and exclusion.
  • Demonstrate communication skills necessary for living and working effectively in a society with great population diversity.

Spring 2021

Section Title Instructor
21 Ethnic Studies Capstone Vaughan, Margaret A.M Books Course details